Time Machine | VailDaily.com

Time Machine

After a 1933 fire destroyed several downtown Eagle buildings, the Independent Lumber Company constructed this building at the site where the Eagle Town Hall is now located. The lumber company moved to Chambers Avenue in the early 1980s.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Nov. 28, 2013

Eagle and Gypsum volunteers assembled food baskets the Salvation Army.

A solar farm proposal for five acres east of Eagle moved forward with hesitant approval from the Eagle County commissioners. The property was owned by Red Mountain Ranch.

Representatives from the town of Gypsum joined state officials and contractors to celebrate work starting on LEDE Reservoir south of town.

Eagle Valley Enterprise editor Pam Boyd announced the launch of the Free Enterprise — a free weekly publication featuring Eagle and Gypsum community news. She also reported the historic Eagle Valley Enterprise would continue publication as the area’s legal paper.

Locals shopped at the Winter Market and Holiday Fair in Eagle.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 26, 2009

Paradigms owner Nathan McMullen provided several recipes and tips for locals to use with their leftover turkey, including Turkey Stroganoff.

Downtown Eagle merchants celebrated Noel Night, an event to kick off the holiday season shopping. Stores were staying open until 8 p.m. and offering various give-a-ways.

Eagle County was looking to cut 30 jobs in the 2010 budget. The budget also included $1 million in program reductions, including down payment assistance, early childhood programs and community service grants.

Popular Enterprise reporter Katie Drucker announced her plans to move away from the valley.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 25, 2004

Christmas tree cutting permits were available from the Eagle and Holy Cross Ranger Districts on the White River National Forest. Permits cost $10.

Gypsum resident Pam Schultz was chosen as the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. Performance Automotive in Eagle was recognized as Business of the Year.

The Eagle Centennial Committee was looking for a slogan, since Eagle was gearing up to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Eagle Valley High School volleyball star Kenzie Shreeve committed to play for the University of Northern Colorado.

Friends and coworkers of Janet Kohl gathered at the Eagle County Administrative Building to say farewell. She was set to move out of the valley.

Linda Verderber’s second grade class at Brush Creek Elementary school presented the play “The Zoo Animal and the Wild” at the Golden Eagle Senior Center.

Red Hill Elementary was helping kids through its after-school reading program funded through a state grant that targeted second and third grade students.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 24, 1994

More than 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on Tennessee Pass, south of Minturn, when 54 train cars derailed. A hazardous materials team from the Southern Pacific Railroad was working on cleaning up the spill.

Eagle attorney and gun collector Terry Quinn invited members of the Vail Town Council to the Gypsum shooting range to test some assault weapons. The council was considering an ordinance that would ban 50 types weapons.

Local residents were enthusiastic about the new county bus service from Gypsum and Eagle to Avon.

Lucia Mudd was the lucky winner of the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce turkey giveaway.

Former locals Louis and Reba Rimbert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Eagle Valley Library District placed first in the Colorado Library Association’s small library summer reading competition.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 29, 1984

The Eagle County Democratic Party Central Committee made waves when it voted to remove two precinct chairmen, Dale Grant of Basalt and Floyd Crawford of El Jebel, from their positions. Party leaders were upset because Grant and Crawford had supported Republican candidates in the recent county election.

Eagle County purchased a 170-acre parcel to be used for airport expansion.

Members of the local Masonic Lodge placed a cornerstone in the new Methodist Church building in Eagle.

Joe Reid was the new editor of the Eagle Valley Enterprise, succeeding Steve Berta, who moved on to a newspaper in Santa Barbara. Pam Holmes (Boyd) was the new general assignment news reporter.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 28, 1974

Newly-elected state representative Nancy Dick gave her inaugural speech to the Eagle County Farm Bureau.

A burst water line in the town of Eagle robbed Kaibab residents of their water supply for several hours and created low pressure throughout town.

EVHS drama students presented the play “Vacancy in Paradise”.

Eagle resident Patricia Aman opened up a fabric shop, “Gingham and Lace” in the former Rule hotel (where Red Canyon Café is now located).

June Simonton submitted the winning logo for the Eagle County Historical Society: a drawing of the Mount of the Holy Cross. The Historical Society was hosting a program featuring a history of Brush Creek and Fulford.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 26, 1964

The Rio Grande Railroad announced that it was discontinuing Trains 1 and 2, which were the last trains providing passenger service through the valley. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain advised readers to hurry out and take a photograph of the passenger trains “before the trains become as extinct as the gooney bird.” She also had some advice for the railroad: “the company’s slogan, ’Main Line Thru the Rockies’ should now be changed – for it will be cutting out some of its most scenic territory by cutting out the area west of Salida to Dotsero.”

The State Highway Commission appropriated $400,000 for improvement of Highway 131 between Bond and Wolcott Divide.

Eagle Valley Junior-Senior High School students honored student-teacher Ralph Starr at a surprise birthday party in the school gym.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 25, 1954

The valley was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather. The Enterprise reported that it was warm enough for people to go about daily chores in their short sleeves, there was no snow on the ground and local lawns were “as green as spring.”

A man-and-wife shoplifting duo was arrested by Sheriff Murray Wilson after they stole items from three local stores.

Two Glenwood Springs teenagers were arrested in the theft of a Hudson car belonging to Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis. A hitchhiker who had thumbed a ride with the boys called the police, reporting that they behaved suspiciously.

New motor vehicle license plates had arrived at the county clerk’s office. The new design featured wider and shorter plates with a white background and black letters.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 24, 1944

Things weren’t going so well for some Eagle County High School athletes. The Enterprise reported that some students were dropped from all athletic competitions because they were “down in their studies.”

The students at the Gypsum Grade School raised $5,900 in war bond pledges. They raised the money at a special event that included skits, songs and a parade by the students. The kids wanted the money designated for the purchase of a “Grasshopper” airplane that would bear the school’s name.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 30, 1934

Some 1,034 students were enrolled in the grade schools and high schools of Eagle County. The largest enrollment was in Red Cliff.




Eagle Valley